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In January of 2015, the "Parent Responsibility Act" was presented to the Michigan House of Representatives by its sponsor, Al Pscholka. This bill would amend MCL 400.57b of the Michigan Social Welfare Act to prevent families with a child who misses…
The Detroit Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference ran this past week, which means that there was a short session week to allow lawmakers to get to Mackinac Island by Wednesday afternoon. Still, with the exception of the School Aid Budget, the…
The Senate has voted out SB 103, educator evaluation legislation that, while improved from where it began the year, still falls far short of what is needed to ensure that Principals and other educators are supported with quality evaluation tools,…
The Senate reported out SB 103 this week, though not without significant dissent and a number of amendments. The bill still lacks quality standards for evaluation tools, any provision for training evaluators, and funding. However, it finally…
The May Consensus Revenue Numbers are in and it's good news for the general fund and not so good (but not terrible) news for the School Aid Fund. A general fund revenue increase of $223.5 million would normally be expected to ease pressure on…
Officials from the state Department of Treasury and the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies met formally on Friday to come to consensus on the revenue numbers that the Governor and Legislature will use in building the final 2015-16 budget. The short…
If there was a theme this week in education politics in Lansing it was that when all was said and done, there was a lot more said than done. There were early rumors that the full Senate might be voting on SB 103, a stripped-down educator evaluation…
Public Act 204 of 2009 was kind of a big deal. In an attempt to compete for Race to the Top dollars, Michigan created the Top to Bottom list, the statewide cyber academies, the requirement that we evaluate teachers based on student growth,…
Proposal 1 (which would raise money to fix our roads and protect school funding) will be on the ballot this Tuesday, May 5, so go vote…vote yes…and take a fried or seventeen to the polls with you. This past Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee…
On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee reported out SB 103, an educator evaluation bill that falls far short of addressing the needs of schools. Despite testimony from a number of groups about the importance of using research-based evaluation…
After letting the issue languish for nearly a year, the Senate Education Committee has finally started debating educator evaluation legislation. Unfortunately, MASSP opposes the bill currently being debated (SB 103) due to its lack of both quality…
On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee took testimony on SB 103, a largely stripped down version of educator evaluation legislation introduced by committee chair Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair). MASSP opposes this legislation and testified…